LEARNING FRENCH AT THE ALLIANCE
Why Learn French?
Talk to more people! There are more than 200 million French speakers on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world after English.
A knowledge of French opens the doors of companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Africa).
Speaking French opens up opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.
French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language
that structures thought and develops critical thinking.
FRENCH FOR ADULTS
Adult classes (18+) are taught in French by a native-fluent instructor in a stress-free, exam-free environment.
• Core classes are general French classes that develop the acquisition of the four competencies for mastering a foreign language: oral
comprehension, oral production, written comprehension, and written production.
• Specialty classes are designed to help the student acquire specific skills in depth, such as grammar or conversation.
• Cultural classes are centered around particular cultural fields – such as history, literature, or art – and are predominently conversational in approach.
Annual SHORT PROGRAMS
• Kick Start: An intensive series of in-depth review and practice sessions over four days, with 2.5 hours of class each day for A1, A2, and
B1 level students. The material is provided by the teacher and covers topics from prior core classes, often presented with a
• Try Something New Week (TSNW): An exclusive week of workshops in December, these two hour sessions cover an extensive range of
predominently cultural subjects. TSNW is offered for A1 through C1 level students.
Available to start year round, these made-to-measure lessons can be one-on-one or in small group classes. Students focus on particular skills or competencies. Visit the private class page.
In response to COVID19, the Alliance has been keeping its social distance by only offering online classes. In 2022 we will begin to integrate online and In Person classes, starting with In Person classes for children Winter Term.
• All students who are new to the Portland Alliance are asked to take a Placement Test.
• Classes are categorized by level. Find out your level by consulting the standardized descriptions of levels.
• Make sure you meet the class prerequistes or the equivalent before you enroll.
• Hold a current membership to the Portland Alliance.
• Choose classes that correspond to your abilities and interests.
types of classes
• Every class has been developed for learners at a certain level in their learning process.
• Choose a Regular or Accelerated Pace for 100-200 level Core classes.
• Beginners have the option to ease into French with an Introduction to French.
• Consult the Alliance office for more information or assistance.
what to expect
• Native fluent teachers trained in teaching French as a foreign language.
• Small classes so everyone participates.
• Learn through the immersion method: Hear, speak, read, and write French in every class.
• Quality: The Alliance is part of a world-wide network that's taught French as a second language for over a hundred years.
• Live French: Become fluent in French culture as well as the French language.